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Concerning study says psychotherapy research has a problem with undeclared researcher bias

20 February 2017

New open access article suggests that psychological researchers may be particularly vulnerable to non-financial biases.

Pharmaceutical industry funding can be complex, but the general principle of declaring financial conflicts of interest is now embedded in medical research culture - so can the same be said of psychology?

While there is less risk of financially-based conflicts in this area, psychological researchers can be particularly vulerable to non-financial biases, according to a new open access article in the journal BMJ Open.

The research team, led by Klaus Lieb from the University of Mainz, examined 95 systematic and meta-analytic reviews that had evaluated the efficacy of psychological therapies by looking at the weight of evidence across multiple randomised controlled trials.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.


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